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Chemotaxis assays utilizing a modified Boyden chamber assess the motility of cells by quantitating their migration toward a chemoattractant gradient.

Sensitive and Reproducible

Our cell migration assays achieve reproducible, sensitive readouts of migration rate.

Paired Cell Microscopy

All of our cell migration assays can be accompanied by microscope imaging of cells to provide detailed assay images.

Custom ECM Coatings

Variable extracellular matrix coatings can be incorporated into chemotaxis assays to model integrin-mediated cell migration.

Disease-Relevant Results

Cell migration assays are used to model immune response, cancer metastasis, and other migration-dependent clinical conditions.

Kinetic Readouts

Both the scratch wound assay and chemotaxis assay are analyzed by kinetic reads, yielding high resolution and superior accuracy.

Robust and Customizable Assay Conditions

Our expert scientists and advanced instrumentation can create a superior assay for your research needs.

Scratch wound assays and chemotaxis assays can be monitored by automated microscopy, providing images to accompany migration data.

Our modified Boyden chemotaxis assay requires fewer cells than the traditional apparatus. For experiments with primary cells, this means additional experimental conditions per cell isolation.

Our team of scientists will modify cell migration assay workflows to meet your requirements. Cell types, treatments, and assay conditions can be customized to accommodate your needs.

Both the scratch wound assay and chemotaxis assay can be used with a variety of cell types, including primary or immortalized cells.

Our chemotaxis assay allows for longer time courses than traditional Boyden chamber assays. Longer experiments increase the opportunity to observe significant effects.

Advanced Imaging for Accurate Measurements


Our cell migration assays are quantitated by automated high-resolution microscopy. By imaging the exact same field at each timepoint and utilizing automated masking and density calculations, our workflow achieves the highest sensitivity. This method can resolve slight differences in cell migration activity to provide you with the most accurate results

Superior Tools Deliver Better Results

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Advanced Image Analysis Provides Superior Quantitation

Our cell migration assay imaging utilizes state-of-the-art spinning disc confocal imaging, with automated analysis and quantitation for precise and sensitive measurement.

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Cell Migration Assays Measure Inhibition or Enhancement of Migration

Our cell migration assays are sensitive enough to detect increases or decreases in migration rate, enabling evaluation of a variety of treatments.

Featured Capabilities / Case Studies

Scratch-Wound Assay

Scratch-Wound Assay


In the scratch wound assay, a pipette tip is used to create a uniform gap, or wound, across each confluent cell monolayer of a multiwell plate. The plates are imaged over time to determine the wound density, which reflects the extent to which cells have migrated into the gap. In our scratch wound assay, cell staining and advanced automated imaging are used to define gap borders, and to measure changes in gap density over time. This minimizes variability, leading to more accurate measurements.

Here, automated imaging was used to define gaps, and to monitor the exact same location in each well over time. Kinetic reads demonstrate the dynamics of cell migration, and show clear differences in migration with the addition of serum. Representative images provide visual confirmation of cell migration over time.

Chemotaxis Assay

Chemotaxis Assay


The modified Boyden chamber consists of two chambers separated by a porous membrane. Cells are placed in the upper chamber, and chemoattractant is placed in the lower. Chemotaxis is measured by the migration of cells from the upper to lower chamber. Our chemotaxis assay quantitates this migration by imaging the upper chamber to determine cell depletion.  Measurements can be taken over time to generate dynamic chemotaxis curves.

Here, dilutions of chemoattractant were placed in lower chambers, and equal number of T-cells were placed in upper chambers. By imaging the upper chamber over time, cell migration curves are generated. When the terminal data points for each curve are plotted, a dose-response curve is created to reflect the effect of chemoattractant on cell migration. Such analyses can be used to determine EC50 values, providing a standardized method for comparing various chemoattractants.

Chemotaxis Inhibitor Studies

Quantitative Chemotaxis Inhibition Assays


The standard chemotaxis assay can be modified to assess the inhibitory effects of various molecules. In this workflow, chemoattractant is added to the lower chamber of all test wells at the same concentration, while inhibitor is included at various dilutions. As before, the upper chamber is imaged over time to measure cell migration, generating chemotaxis curves. Inhibitors will cause a reduction in the observed cell depletion from the upper chamber.

Here, serial dilutions of inhibitor show dose-dependent reductions in cell migration. By plotting the terminal data points from each curve, a dose-response curve is generated, allowing for IC50 determination for the inhibitor.

Migration Assays That Meet Your Needs

We can create a custom assay based upon your desired cell type and treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information on our cell migration assays? Read below, or contact us for answers.

In the scratch wound assay, cells are grown to confluence, then a pipette is dragged across the monolayer to create a gap. Cells are imaged over time to measure the rate at which they fill in the gap.

A Boyden chamber assay consists of two chambers separated by a permeable barrier. Migration of cells from the upper chamber to the lower chemoattractant-containing reservoir provides a measure of cell chemotaxis.

Our cell migration assays achieve reproducible, sensitive readouts of migration rate, and are accompanied by high content imaging of cell monolayers to provide detailed assay images.

Treatments aimed at enhancing or inhibiting migration can be assessed for their effects on cell migration rate.

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